I became captivated with photography at an early age. My first recollection of it becoming a serious passion happened when my grandad gave his Leicaflex over to me in my teenage years. I then started spending all my mornings, afternoons and evenings in my friend’s darkroom producing and practicing the art of black and white photography.
In 1989 my perspective and attitude changed completely when I visited New York City for the first time. Street photography started playing a pivotal role and became a reoccurring theme in my work; capturing everyday people and places became an obsession. NYC also managed to influence the use of colour and I saw myself adjust to the big city, the crowds and the excitement, portraying all of this in colour and shying away from my beloved black and white photographs. NYC also became responsible for my move into a digital era, replacing film camera with a more contemporary instrument.
After living and exhibiting in Frankfurt, I now live and practice in London, United Kingdom. My most important and ongoing theme “the art of commute” has seen a significant evolution in the past couple of years. This reoccurring theme stands for my admiration for what people are able to do while they’re on the train, tube, bike or even walking to or from work.
Apart from that project, my favourite playground is still the streets of London, capturing people unknowingly communicating with their surroundings. All my pictures have not been manipulated -I try to make up my mind about frame and composition before I hit the button. Sometimes it’s only a question of seconds and the moment is gone…
I was part of the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition 2016 and got exhibited in group exhibitions by the Imitate Modern Gallery London.
Oliver Dunsch 2017